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sadowsky black pickguard question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 513rocks.com, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. 513rocks.com


    Sep 22, 2004
    Mason, Ohio
    a couple months ago i bought a wonderful sadowsky uv70. natural ash with black pickguard and maple neck with black blocks and binding. i love everything about it except the pickguard. everytime i polish it, it swirls scratches BAD. where i slap and pop, there are a million little dot scratches right under the G string right below the neck pickup. the bass is still in mint condition but the pickguard looks 20 years old. i called sadowsky and i can get the same pickguard for 50.00 but it will just scratch up again in a couple months. ive never owned a bass with a black pickguard before, does this happen to all black pickguards? does anyone know where i can get a pickguard that wont scratch up so easy? i wonder if anyone makes a layered pickguard that is black/white/black/clear. if not, it would be a good idea. does anyone have any ideas or advice? i thought about maybe getting a tort pickguard but the black one looks too awesome...............
  2. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    do a search for terrapin guitars- they do custom pickguards. ask about a matte black guard, it will resist scratches much better - them him you want a black matte guard that won't scratch easily, he will know exactly what to do. good luck!
    ( you may have to send him you guard or a tracing so he can make an exact copy)
  3. Maybe Ultra Vintage means it ages to a vintage state ultra fast? It seems weird that you are experiencing so much wear though. I don't think it has to do with the color but I may be wrong. Why don't you give Mr. Sadowsky a call? No one has customer service like he does!
  4. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    believe me, glossy pickguards get swirls and scratches, it just shows up more on the black. I seriously doubt it has anything to do with the vintage thing. I bought a used Sadowsky Tokyo that had an aftermarket matte black guard from terrapin because of this very reason. I sold the bass, by that time i had a black pearloid guard on it- i still have that matte black guard, and it shows no scratches, its a different material.
  5. +1 Here as well...Black is beautiful BUT Tort is Better!! LOL, JK! I agree that the black is great but it will take the average player about 30 days to really see some serious "scarring" on a black guard. I also recommend Terrapin or Roger at Jeannies, both do great work and can help you out for about the exact same money. In my opinion, 1 is just as good as the other but I do perfer Rogers (Jeannies) Tort and have bought 3 Torts, and a Black Pearl from him and they were all top notch!!! Good Luck!


  6. lump


    Jan 17, 2000
    St. Neots, UK
    I thought that's what pickguards were for... ;)

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    My Tokyo 5's pick guard scratched very easiley as well, check out Adrians recomendation.
  8. 5bassman


    May 4, 2005
    I recently purchased a bass and the pickguard was scratched pretty bad. I used a product made by Novus. It is a 3 step process but doesn't take long to do. The guard looks almost new now!
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You could not play the bass and it'll be fully mint forever!!!!! :D
  10. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    unless you get a mint green pickguard!
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    The problem with black is that it shows dirt and wear. I happen to think it's a good thing... I prefer basses that look like they've been played. If you think that's a bad thing, well... don't get black. :p